Lot 270: LS in French, signed as widow of Francis, "Marie," one page both sides, 11.25 x 13.75, February 23, . Untranslated letter concerning a payment, crisply signed at the conclusion in ink by Mary and countersigned by her secretary Claude Leparchemynier and controller general Luc Provencherd. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and some soiling and staining to the margins. From the collection of Augustin Dubrunfaut, lot 120, April 2, 1887. Accompanied by an unsigned engraved portrait.Widowed in 1560 by the Dauphin, the young Mary left France for Scotland in August of the following year; this present document, issued from Fontainebleau, dates to the brief nine-month period between the king's death and her departure. Torn between Catholic and Protestant factions, Scotland provided a dangerous and complex political scene with which Mary was entirely unfamiliar; though a devout Catholic, she accepted the newly established Protestant ascendancy, causing both factions to regard her with suspicion. Anxious to gain control and ambitious for the English throne, she married her first cousin, Lord Darnley, in 1565. An exceedingly rare signed document dating from the time Mary made the decision to return to Scotland, this is a remarkable royal piece of the utmost desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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